You may know Charlie Engman for his ongoing series of nude portraits of his mother, his Urban Outfitters look books, or perhaps for his delightfully color-rich fashion photography. Engman’s illusions morph together what is two-dimensional and three-dimensional, and demand a double take from viewers who may notice an extra layer or limb. The models interact with sculptural forms that often mimic the garment, a bold move that compares designer dresses to carpet rolls or crushed paper. Backdrops bend and fall towards the model and create a stylized deconstruction of the studio space.
Charlie Engman is a resident of New York City, and has a BA in Japanese and Korean studies from the University of Oxford.
Text by Linnea Stephan